As we were all working in our groups to "decode" Euclid's Number Propositions and write them in modern language, I couldn't help but to reflect on just how important language is in mathematics. As I listened to and watched different groups work with different and the same propositions I noticed how each group interpreted the original propositions wording differently. I also took note of the affect the wording can have on the understanding and proof of the proposition(s). For example, Euclid's 32nd Number Proposition states that "Any number is either prime or is measured by some prime number". Me and my partner thought to modernize it by changing it to say "Any number is either prime or composite". But as I listened to and watched other groups write their modified propositions on the Google doc, I noticed just how different everyone;s approach to rewording it was.

Overall I think the activity goes to show just how important it is to be mindful of wording in mathematics. Just like we are taught in science classes the importance of giving thorough instructions, it is equally important to word certain aspects of mathematics very carefully.

Overall I think the activity goes to show just how important it is to be mindful of wording in mathematics. Just like we are taught in science classes the importance of giving thorough instructions, it is equally important to word certain aspects of mathematics very carefully.